I’ve been thinking a lot about organizational growth and evolution these days. Here’s sixteen elements of an organization that change as it gets stronger, as described by Phil Bartle, PhD on the NGO Café.
- Altruism: proportion and degree to which individuals are ready to sacrifice benefits to themselves for the benefit of the organization as a whole – reflected in the degrees of generosity, individual humility, communal pride, mutual supportiveness, loyalty, concern and camaraderie.
- Values: degree to which individuals share values, especially the idea that they belong to a common entity that supersedes the interests of individuals.
- Services: the more that individuals have access to communal or shared facilities, the greater the capacity of the organization.
- Communications: willingness and ability – which implies tact, diplomacy, listening.
- Confidence: belief that the organization can achieve whatever it sets out to do – positive attitudes, optimism, self-reliant rather than dependent, avoidance of apathy and fatalism, vision of what is possible.
- Context: leaders enabling rather than patronizing, operating on a self-managed basis.
- Information: ability to process and analyze information, level of awareness, knowledge and wisdom found within individuals and the group as a whole.
- Intervention: not afraid to confront hard issues, preventative rather than reactive.
- Leadership: about power, ability and influence to move the organization forward, enabling and facilitating role to operate the organization in support of its goals, leaders must have skills, willingness and charisma.
- Networking: extent to which leaders know individuals an other organizations who can provide useful resources to strengthen the organization as a whole.
- Organization: degree to which individuals see themselves as having a role that contributes to the whole, in contrast to being a mere collection of separate individuals – organizational integrity, structure, procedures, decision-making processes.
- Power: political.
- Skills: ability to get things done – managerial, technical, organizational, mobilizing.
- Trust: degree to which members of the organization trust each other and their leaders – which is, in turn, a reflection of the degree of integrity – honesty, dependability, openness, transparency, trustworthiness.
- Unity: sense of belonging to a known entity, the degree to which individuals are willing to tolerate differences and variations among each other, willingness to cooperate and work together.
- Wealth: degree to which organization has control over its actual and potential resources.
What do you see changing for the better in your organization these days? Please share in the comments section.